Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story

The acclaimed New York Times–bestselling biography and “emotionally detailed portrait of the artist as a young man” (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times) In the first biography of the iconic David Foster Wallace, D.T. Max paints the ...

Author: D. T. Max

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101601112

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

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The acclaimed New York Times–bestselling biography and “emotionally detailed portrait of the artist as a young man” (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times) In the first biography of the iconic David Foster Wallace, D.T. Max paints the portrait of a man, self-conscious, obsessive and struggling to find meaning. If Wallace was right when he declared he was “frightfully and thoroughly conventional,” it is only because over the course of his short life and stunning career, he wrestled intimately and relentlessly with the fundamental anxiety of being human. In his characteristic lucid and quick-witted style, Max untangles Wallace’s anxious sense of self, his volatile and sometimes abusive connection with women, and above all, his fraught relationship with fiction as he emerges with his masterpiece Infinite Jest. Written with the cooperation of Wallace’s family and friends and with access to hundreds of unpublished letters, manuscripts and journals, this captivating biography unveils the life of the profoundly complicated man who gave voice to what we thought we could not say.
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Every Love Story is a Ghost Story

That “every love story is a ghost story” is a thought that stayed with Wallace from the beginning of his writing career to the end. The phrase appears in a letter he wrote in the graduate program at the University of Arizona, ...

Author: D.T. Max

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN: 9781847085887

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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David Foster Wallace is to contemporary literature what Kurt Cobain is to music. He died young enough for his promise and his achievements to solidify into a legend. For many, he became someone worth reading, revering, following. How had a teen tennis prodigy turned ace philosophy student turned novelist managed to become a generation-defining star? And how painful was that process for him? What was it that he stood for that chimed with so many? And how much did his, and his country's, addictions defeat him? D. T. Max was determined to find out, and this scrupulous and revealing biographical study, which draws on conversations with those closest to Wallace and on extensive archive material, is the haunting result.
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Wallace s Dialects

31 Max, Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story, 166. 32 Max, Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story, 34. 33 McCaffery, “An Expanded Interview with David Foster Wallace,” 25. 34 Bryan A. Garner, A Dictionary of Modern American Usage (New York: ...

Author: Mary Shapiro

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501348488

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Mary Shapiro explores the use of regional and ethnic dialects in the works of David Foster Wallace, not just as a device used to add realism to dialogue, but as a vehicle for important social commentary about the role language plays in our daily lives, how we express personal identity, and how we navigate social relationships. Wallace's Dialects straddles the fields of linguistic criticism and folk linguistics, considering which linguistic variables of Jewish-American English, African-American English, Midwestern, Southern, and Boston regional dialects were salient enough for Wallace to represent, and how he showed the intersectionality of these with gender and social class. Wallace's own use of language is examined with respect to how it encodes his identity as a white, male, economically privileged Midwesterner, while also foregrounding characteristic and distinctive idiolect features that allowed him to connect to readers across implied social boundaries.
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The Cambridge Companion to David Foster Wallace

Max, Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story, p. 200. Wallace “revered” the Terminator movies, reading them “as a metaphor for all literary art after Roland Barthes,” and analogizing Cyberdyne's murderous selfawareness with postmodern ...

Author: Ralph Clare

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107195950

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

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A compelling, comprehensive, and substantive introduction to the work of David Foster Wallace.
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Past Time

Simulation Football Leagues, Living in the Past, and Learning to Love Football Again Ted Kluck ... D. T. Max, Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace (New York: Penguin, 2012), 156. 2. Max, Every Love Story Is ...

Author: Ted Kluck

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781493017515

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

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Author Ted Kluck found, online, a community of computer nerds and football enthusiasts so rooted in the past and so uninterested in the future that they have created algorithms and computer software that can accurately simulate football games, seasons, and careers using fields of data that already exist on the thousands of players who have suited up in the National Football League. All of these players are now old. Some of them are now dead. But they became the object of Ted Kluck’s fascination. The Odyssey Online Football league began in 2006, with the 1966 NFL season, and has been gradually working its way through NFL history ever since, “drafting” players, crafting game plans, calling plays, winning and losing. Theories are tested. Team owners have theories. What if NFL teams went back to power offenses like the late-80s Parcellsian Giants? Are running backs over 220 pounds more effective and less likely to get hurt? Can a running quarterback survive if he’s deployed more like a running back? And why are there whole groups of people out there this obsessed with the past? Past Time explores these questions and many others, as the author—a jaded journalist, a lifelong football player, and a burned-out coach—spends a year immersed in the late 1970s, in hopes of rekindling his love for the game. Part memoir and part Bill-Jamesian exploration into football nerdery, Past Time is an homage to football’s past, and a meditation on its present and future.
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Global Wallace

5 Max, Every Love Story is a Ghost Story, 23. 6 Wallace, “Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way,” 249. 7 Wallace, Letter to Tom Bissell (February 2008), quoted in Max, Every Love Story is a Ghost Story, 298. 8 Max, Every Love ...

Author: Lucas Thompson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501320675

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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David Foster Wallace is invariably seen as an emphatically American figure. Lucas Thompson challenges this consensus, arguing that Wallace's investments in various international literary traditions are central to both his artistic practice and his critique of US culture. Thompson shows how, time and again, Wallace's fiction draws on a diverse range of global texts, appropriating various forms of world literature in the attempt to craft fiction that critiques US culture from oblique and unexpected vantage points. Using a wide range of comparative case studies, and drawing on extensive archival research, Global Wallace reveals David Foster Wallace's substantial debts to such unexpected figures as Jamaica Kincaid, Julio Cortázar, Jean Rhys, Octavio Paz, Leo Tolstoy, Zbigniew Herbert, and Albert Camus, among many others. It also offers a more comprehensive account of the key influences that Wallace scholars have already perceived, such as Fyodor Dostoevsky, Franz Kafka, and Manuel Puig. By reassessing Wallace's body of work in relation to five broadly construed geographic territories -- Latin America, Russia, Eastern Europe, France, and Africa -- the book reveals the mechanisms with which Wallace played particular literary traditions off one another, showing how he appropriated vastly different global texts within his own fiction. By expanding the geographic coordinates of Wallace's work in this way, Global Wallace reconceptualizes contemporary American fiction, as being embedded within a global exchange of texts and ideas.
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Feeling Animal Death

Being Host to Ghosts ... The nostrils of both are so close that it looks like each breathes the air of the other. ... “Every love story is a ghost story,” could easily be reversed: every ghost story is a love story.

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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781786611154

Category: Philosophy

Page: 364

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This text offers examples of people across diverse disciplines and perspectives—from biomedical research to black theology to art—learning and performing emotions, expanding their desires, discovering new ways to behave, and altering their sense of self, purpose, and community because of passionate, but not romanticized, attachments to animals.
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Attending Others

Every. Love. Story. is. a. Ghost. Story”1. Cincinnati, Ohio/ Departamento de Intibucá, Honduras/Tuba City, Navajo Nation At the edge of an unvisited lawn of the University of Cincinnati medical campus, out of the swing of hospital ...

Author: Brian Volck

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781620327289

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 222

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Becoming a doctor requires years of formal education, but one learns the practice of medicine only through direct encounters with the fragile others called "patients." Pediatrician Brian Volck recounts his own education in the mysteries of suffering bodies, powerful words, and natural beauty. It's a curriculum where the best teachers are children and their mothers, the classrooms are Central American villages and desert landscapes, and the essential texts are stories, poems, and paintings. Through practices of focused attention, he grows from detached observer of his patients' lives into an uneasy witness and grateful companion. From the inner city to the Navajo Nation and from the Grand Canyon to the mountains of Honduras, Volck learns to listen to children unable to talk, to assist in healing when cure is impossible, and to love those whose life and experiences are radically different from his own. This is not a how-to book or a brief for reforming medical education. Attending Others is a highly personal account of what the author learned about medicine after he completed his formal education. The short answer, it turns out, is pretty much everything. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }
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Ecosickness in Contemporary U S Fiction

89. Quoted in Max, Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story, 281. 90. Kristeva, Powers of Horror, 4. 91. Ibid., 12. 92. Ibid., 53. 93. Rozin, Haidt, and McCauley, “Disgust,” 757. 94. Wallace's exhaustively titled short story, “on His Deathbed, ...

Author: Heather Houser

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231537360

Category: Literary Criticism

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The 1970s brought a new understanding of the biological and intellectual impact of environmental crises on human beings. As efforts to prevent ecological and bodily injury aligned, a new literature of sickness emerged. "Ecosickness fiction" imaginatively rethinks the link between these forms of threat and the sick body to bring readers to environmental consciousness. Tracing the development of ecosickness through a compelling archive of contemporary U.S. novels and memoirs, Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction establishes that we cannot comprehend environmental and medical dilemmas through data alone and must call on the sometimes surprising emotions that literary metaphors, tropes, and narratives deploy. In chapters on David Foster Wallace, Richard Powers, Leslie Marmon Silko, Marge Piercy, Jan Zita Grover, and David Wojnarowicz, Heather Houser shows how narrative affects such as wonder and disgust organize perception of an endangered world and orient us ethically toward it. The study builds the connective tissue between contemporary literature, ecocriticism, affect studies, and the medical humanities. It also positions ecosickness fiction relative to emergent forms of environmentalism and technoscientific innovations such as regenerative medicine and alternative ecosystems. Houser models an approach to contemporary fiction as a laboratory for affective changes that spark or squelch ethical projects.
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Symbolism 15

161 162 forces its readers to remain active and alert in order to make sense of the seemingly incoherent story. ... as he subtitled it, 'a failed entertainment' “ (Max, Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story, 182–183).

Author: Rüdiger Ahrens

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110447811

Category: Literary Criticism

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While paratexts – among them headnotes, footnotes, or endnotes – have never been absent from American literature, the last two decades have seen an explosion of the phenomenon, including (mock) scholarly footnotes, to an extent that they seem to take over the text itself. In this Special Focus we shall attempt to find the reasons for this astonishing development. In our first (diachronic) section we shall explore such texts as might have fostered the present boom, from fictions by Edgar Allan Poe to Vladimir Nabokov to Mark Z. Danielewski. The second (synchronic) section, will concentrate on paratexts by David Foster Wallace, perhaps the “father” of the post-postmodern footnote, as well as those to be found in novels by Bennett Sims, Jennifer Egan and Junot Diaz, among others. It appears that, while paratexts definitely point to a high degree of self-reflexivity in the author, they equally draw attention to the textual and authorial functions of the works in which they exist. They can thus cause a reflection on the boundaries between genres like fiction, faction, and autobiography, as well as serving to highlight a host of pedagogical and social concerns that exist in the interstices between fiction and reality.
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